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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Early Childhood/Bilingual Special Education
University of Texas at Austin

Date Posted Oct. 25, 2022
Title Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Early Childhood/Bilingual Special Education
University University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX, United States
Department Department of Special Education, College of Education
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education
    English as a Second Language
    Childhood/Youth Education

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Early Childhood/Bilingual Special Education, Department of Special Education, College of Education

College/School/Unit: College of Education
Department: Special Education
Posted: Sep 14, 2022
Apply By: Open until filled


The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education, is recruiting a cluster of three Tenure-Track assistant professors to work with our world-class community of scholars to address research and academic programs focused on reducing education and/or health disparities among Latino/a children, families, and communities.

Latinos have quickly become the largest racial/ethnic minority subgroup in the U.S. The growth among Latino populations has led to increased cultural pluralism and demographic shifts throughout the country, including in Texas, where more than 40% of all state residents and where 53% of K12 student population identify as Latina/o. The growth of the Latina/o population also underscores the many sources of variability within the community in terms of language, nativity, place of origin, generational history, and socio-historical context which contribute to health and wellbeing of children, adults, and families.

The College of Education promotes the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, community-focus, and endeavors to bridge research and practice. We view inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of our faculty. The College of Education is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations and address the interactions among our diverse identities. Candidates should show a demonstrated commitment or future potential to improving access and conditions in community, school, and other settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities.

Successful candidates for the three tenure-track, assistant professor positions within this cluster hire program will join senior faculty colleagues who are identifying sources of systemic inequities and leveraging culturally specific assets and strengths to combat education and health disparities that impact Latina/o communities in Texas, across the U.S., and in international contexts throughout Latin America. The hires will be positioned in one of three academic departments in the college, and will contribute to the college's bold strategic vision to reimagine education through interdisciplinary research and teaching, and deep collaboration with communities.

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Early Childhood/Bilingual Special Education, Department of Special Education, College of Education

The Department of Special Education is participating in this cluster hire initiative and is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Bilingual Practice and Policy. This faculty position is designed to attract a scholar who will add to the department's strong academic and research programs in early childhood and bilingual special education and racial disproportionality. Duties include developing and maintaining a nationally recognized program of research; teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level related to ECSE and methodology; mentoring graduate students; collaborating with local districts and agencies serving culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse students; and engaging in service to the university and profession.

The applicant may bring research expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Strong quantitative methodological skills

  • Issues of over and underrepresentation of emergent bilinguals in early childhood special education programs in the U.S. context

  • Early childhood special education in the context of bilingual education, ESL, and emerging bilingualism

  • Dual-language education policy and teacher practice/bilingual special education policy and practice

  • "English Learner" referral, identification, and placement processes and effects

  • Bilingual language and literacy development of young children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

  • Family/caregiver practices to support bilingual learners that promote positive communication

  • Language and/or literacy development and intervention

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in special education or a related field with an emphasis in ECSE. The candidate's research should focus on issues related to intervention with children at risk and/or children with disabilities and their families. Prior experience working with young culturally and linguistically diverse students, schools, and families is highly valued. Experience preparing practitioners in evidence-based educational practices in ECSE is desired.

The position is supported by a competitive start-up package, compensation appropriate to rank and experience, and access to research resources.

More about the University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship state-university of Texas. It values and supports interdisciplinary research and it provides outstanding access to historically underserved populations. Austin, Texas is an exciting, welcoming, and inclusive city with the reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree in Education, Bilingual Education, Special Education, Educational Policy, or related fields

  • Active record of scholarly productivity and excellence including publication in high-impact refereed journals.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, especially those from diverse backgrounds

  • Commitment to advancing the college's commitment to equity and inclusive excellence.

  • Quantitative methodological skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong background in ECSE/EI or K-5 preservice and in-service preparation of bilingual researchers, educators, clinicians and/or leaders

  • Demonstrated commitment to research-partnerships that include parents/caregivers, schools, and/or community organizations to improve systems of support for students

  • Experience with ECSE/EI providers and/or K-5 local educational agencies (LEAs), state educational agencies (SEAs), national educational agencies, and/or nongovernment or community organizations involved in educational leadership, promotion of student learning, and school improvement

  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English, preferably Spanish

Application Instructions


Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please provide all requested materials by this date.
Applicants should upload the following items to the Interfolio system (

  • Cover Letter with contact information

  • Full C.V.

  • Research Statement that includes research accomplishments and future research direction

  • Teaching Statement

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has or will help to address education and/or health disparities.

  • Up to 3 representative publications

  • A list of 3 references with contact information

For questions regarding the application process, please contact: Gina Smuts,

Questions about the position can be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee: Dr. Lauren Hampton ( and Dr. Doris Baker (

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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